While Maldives may boast many interesting cultural and historical sites, it is undeniably the ocean that is the country’s biggest attraction. The waters off the coast of the island are teeming with life, and are a dream come true for divers as well as anglers. Other activities available at the beach include parasailing, jet skiing and wind surfing. Wind surfing, also known as sail boarding, combines the elements from two popular water sports, sailing and surfing. The vessel used is a simple board, between 2 to 4 metres in length, attached to a sail. The vessel is powered by the action of wind.
Many thrill seekers prefer wind surfing because of the freedom of movement it affords. Wind surfers are able to ride giant waves, and perform jumps as well as a multitude of other “freestyle” moves. A variant of windsurfing, kite surfing is becoming increasingly popular. An added advantage of these sports is that they are conducted in more secluded areas; this is especially useful during the peak tourist season. While at sea, keep an eye out for some of the islands’ more popular aquatic denizens. The crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean afford glimpses of many rare and wonderful sea creatures.
There are plenty of places that provide facilities for water sports. Tourists can reduce the hassle of finding one by choosing a Maldives resort that has good water sports facilities. The Anantara Dhigu, Maldives provides guests with a myriad of options when it comes to water sports. This resort, a standout among Maldives luxury hotels, has an Aquafanatics Watersports Centre, providing safe and ecologically responsible fun. The resort is located on Dhigufinolhu Island, and is the ideal Maldivian retreat.